It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait.. It’s the Annual Air and Water Show! It’s back for the first time since 2019. Saturday, August 20th, and Sunday, August 21st the city of Chicago will gather in awe as we watch the U.S Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, put on what can only be described as an art show in the air. “The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity-defying flying, commanding presence and precision maneuvers now performed in their brand-new F/A–18E Super Hornets. The brave men and women of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights will inspire spectators as they jump out of an aircraft 12,000 feet above the earth’s surface to a perfect target landing on North Avenue Beach.” The show will take place from 10 am to 2 pm both days. Don’t know where to watch the action live? Catch the Air and Water Show from these spots in the neighborhood for a guaranteed good view.

Click here to learn the history behind the show, and more details about the event.

Restaurants With a View:

Moe’s Cantina

Want to see water dance in the air while enjoying salt on the rim? Moe’s Cantina has one of the most popular rooftops in Wrigleyville. Share some of their generously portioned Spanish dishes and a crafted margarita pitcher while enjoying the show! Help yourself to one of the limited-edition snow cone margaritas available for the summertime.

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Old Crow Smokehouse

Nothing compliments a classic American tradition like slow cooked BBQ! The rooftop deck at Old Crow has perfect seating for the show. Chow down on the extensive brunch menu or get some of their top-of-the-line lunch entrees while watching the planes soar in the sky. Old Crow opens at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday, which is the same time the Air and Water show begins!

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Sidetrack

The party never stops at Sidetrack! Opening at 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, catch the last hour of the show from Sidetrack’s sunny rooftop. Sidetrack always starts the day off with party music on the patio, so listen to some fun tunes while tuning into this special Chicago event. We recommend enjoying one of the frozen cocktails they have to offer!

Smoke Daddy

Smoke Daddy invites you to a show during the show! Saturday and Sunday at 11 am catch live musicians performing at one of Wrigleyville’s premier BBQ spots. The rooftop terrace is not just perfect for watching Cubs games, it’s also a great place to catch this year’s Air and Water Show! Sip on a Blood Mary garnished with a smoked pork rib and applewood smoked bacon. Come to Smoke Daddy for top-notch flavor and views to match.

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Watch the action along the shore!

Chicago AIDS Garden

Enjoy the show the old-fashioned way, along the shoreline with fold up chairs and a picnic! The Chicago AIDS garden is right along the water, so you can enjoy the show front row. Pack lunch and enjoy the great outdoors! This is also the perfect opportunity to see the newest sculpture in town.

Pro tip: We recommend getting there early and commuting! Parking may be difficult to find, and the earlier the arrival the better the spot.

Sydney Marovitz

Air, water, and golf? Sydney Marovitz Golf Course is one of the greenest places in the neighborhood. Fit a game of golf in while the Air and Water Show is going on and you’ll have an amazing view of all the action! It’s right along the lakefront, and one of the prettiest places in Chicago to see the show.

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Diversey Harbor

Just a few miles north of North Ave Beach (the kicking-off point of the show) is Diversey Harbor! Recognized by the hundreds of boats that live there, this Harbor is right along the shoreline and a perfect place to watch the show.

Belmont Harbor

Belmont Harbor is one of Chicago’s largest harbors! Surrounded by acres of park, this is a great place to bring the whole family. There’s the Roscoe Playground that’s safe for kids to run around and release some energy. There is also the Belmont Harbor Dog Beach, so if you don’t want to leave your furry best friend at home we recommend enjoying the show from here!